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Special Issue "Textiles 4.0: Advanced Materials and Processing Technologies"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023 | Viewed by 1911

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester M1 3BB, UK
Interests: additive manufacturing; digital manufacturing; advanced materials
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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Interests: biomaterials; additive manufacturing; tissue engineering
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Materials Science Research Centre, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Interests: circular economy; textiles; biomaterials
Department of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Interests: textiles; robotics; 3D weaving; braiding; textile composites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue on “Textiles 4.0: advanced materials and processing technologies” in Materials.

Advances in materials and manufacturing techniques are enabling the development of a new generation of high-performance textile-based products for a range of industries, from apparel to aerospace. Key enabling technologies are additive manufacturing and the use of robotics in weaving, fibre placement, and knitting, which allow free-form and bespoke multi-material structures to be fabricated, unhindered by the limitations of traditional approaches. This may potentially allow the fabrication of complex multi-functional textile-based structures in a single product, transforming design and manufacturing processes. Furthermore, this also opens up new application areas in smart, responsive, and adaptive textiles that can communicate with users and transform using a specific stimulus. However, significant limitations remain, and many aspects are still in the preliminary stages of development. Additive manufacturing and advanced materials have been utilised in the fashion industry, however, much of this remains at the conceptual or demonstrative phase rather than mass adoption, due to the inadequate quality and feel of the textile. Additionally, concerns regarding the sustainability of the vast textile apparel industry have led to a significant rethink of the material inputs and finishing agents used in the textile industry. This has led to new sustainable and environmentally friendly materials being explored and implemented in supply chains.

This Special Issue aims to highlight and collect the most recent developments and trends in the field of advanced 3D textiles. This includes novel manufacturing processes (e.g., 3D printing, robotics, and weaving), advanced materials (e.g., nanocomposites, multi-functional, bioactive, electroactive, sustainable, adaptive and responsive), and new application areas. Original research and state of the art reviews in this field are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Paulo J. Bártolo
Dr. Cian Vyas
Dr. Miriam Ribul
Prof. Dr. Prasad Potluri
Guest Editors

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  • additive manufacturing
  • robotic weaving and knitting
  • electrospinning, melt spinning, and blow spinning
  • advanced materials
  • sustainability and circular economy
  • novel applications

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Halochromic Textiles for Real-Time Sensing of Hazardous Chemicals and Personal Protection
Materials 2023, 16(8), 2938; - 07 Apr 2023
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Chemical protective clothing (CPC) has become mandatory when performing various tasks to ensure user protection and prevent chemicals from contacting the skin and causing severe injuries. In addition to protection, there is a need to develop a simple mechanism that can be attached [...] Read more.
Chemical protective clothing (CPC) has become mandatory when performing various tasks to ensure user protection and prevent chemicals from contacting the skin and causing severe injuries. In addition to protection, there is a need to develop a simple mechanism that can be attached to CPC and be capable of detecting and alerting the user to the presence of harmful chemical agents. In this study, a double-sensor strategy was investigated, using six different pH indicators stamped on cotton and polyester knits to detect acidic and alkaline substances, both liquid and gaseous. Functionalized knits underwent microscopic characterization, air permeability and contact angle evaluation. All samples exhibited hydrophobic behavior (contact angle > 90°) and air permeability values above 2400 L/min/cm2/bar, with the best condition demonstrating a contact angle of 123° and an air permeability of 2412.5 L/min/cm2/bar when the sensor methyl orange and bromocresol purple (MO:BP) was stamped on polyester. The performed tests proved the functionality of the sensors and showed a visible response of all knits when contacting with different chemicals (acids and bases). Polyester functionalized with MO:BP showed the greatest potential, due to its preeminent color change. Herein, the fiber coating process was optimized, enabling the industrial application of the sensors via a stamping method, an alternative to other time- and resource-consuming techniques. Full article
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